The Commonwealth Fund, an organization that promotes improved access, quality and efficiency in the healthcare system—has summarized its top 10 stories of the year in healthcare policy, technology, and market dynamics, providing a recap of major developments in healthcare over the past year.
Some of the topics covered include: The battle over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has taken center stage in the courts and may eventually be ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Friction between the current administration and Congress on healthcare policy continued to escalate, sparked by the public charge rule and the uncertain future of the ACA. The impact of new technology on the health care system has also triggered debate over health data privacy and ownership, while the public outcry over surprise bills and escalating drug prices resulted in the passage of comprehensive drug-cost-control legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For students in the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at Boston College, these topics are regularly addressed throughout the MHA curriculum. Read the full summary of the top 10 stories in healthcare in 2019 from The Commonwealth Fund.